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Finding aid of the Isabel Percy West Reminiscences C058790
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  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Donor
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Existence and Location of Originals note
  • Related Archival Materials note

  • Title: West, Isabel Percy Reminiscences
    Identifier/Call Number: C058790
    Contributing Institution: Society of California Pioneers
    Language of Material: English
    Storage Unit: B001651
    Storage Unit: C058790
    Physical Description: 1.0 folder (1 unbound typed manuscript. 143 pages.)
    Date: ca. 1923
    Abstract: This manuscript was written by Isabel West and covers San Francisco history from the years 1853 to 1915. She combines personal experiences and memories with discussions of the development and changes in San Francisco, particularly the area around one particular building where she once had a studio — Montgomery Block. This building was built by Henry Wager Halleck whose goal was to create a building that was indestructible—which it proved to be miraculously surviving the 1906 earthquake and fires. In Part I of the manuscript West writes about the creation of neighborhoods such as Chinatown and Nob Hill and describes the cultural melting pot that was created in San Francisco from the very beginning. She then goes on to tell of the 1906 earthquake, telling the story through the perspective of Montgomery Block’s manager Oliver Perry Stidger. The Bank Exchange and its popularity and function in SF social life are also heavily discussed. Part II focuses on the neighborhood around Montgomery Block and the Panama Pacific International Exhibition of 1915. She also writes about her friends and colleagues in the California Society of Etchers. The final section focuses on prohibition and its affect of the café life that was critical to San Francisco culture. She places particular emphasis on the Black Cat Café and the group of artists that gathered there including Robert Aitkin, Perry Newbury, and Mary Austin.
    creator: West, Isabel Clark Percy, 1882-1976

    Conditions Governing Access note

    Collection open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use note

    There are no restrictions on access.

    Preferred Citation note

    Isabel Perry West Reminiscences. The Society of California Pioneers.

    Donor

    Isabel Perry West, date unknown.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Isabel Clark Percy was born in 1882 in Alameda, daughter of prominent San Francisco architect George W. Percy. She married newspaper editor George West in 1916. She was a painter, lithographer, and etcher and confounded the California College of Arts and Crafts and taught there for several decades. She lived in Sausalito with her husband until her death in 1976.

    Scope and Contents note

    This manuscript was written by Isabel West and covers San Francisco history from the years 1853 to 1915. She combines personal experiences and memories with discussions of the development and changes in San Francisco, particularly the area around one particular building where she once had a studio — Montgomery Block. This building was built by Henry Wager Halleck whose goal was to create a building that was indestructible—which it proved to be miraculously surviving the 1906 earthquake and fires.
    In Part I of the manuscript West writes about the creation of neighborhoods such as Chinatown and Nob Hill and describes the cultural melting pot that was created in San Francisco from the very beginning. She then goes on to tell of the 1906 earthquake, telling the story through the perspective of Montgomery Block’s manager Oliver Perry Stidger. The Bank Exchange and its popularity and function in SF social life are also heavily discussed.
    Part II focuses on the neighborhood around Montgomery Block and the Panama Pacific International Exhibition of 1915. She also writes about her friends and colleagues in the California Society of Etchers. The final section focuses on prohibition and its affect of the café life that was critical to San Francisco culture. She places particular emphasis on the Black Cat Café and the group of artists that gathered there including Robert Aitkin, Perry Newbury, and Mary Austin.
    Handwritten edits are done throughout the typed manuscript.

    Existence and Location of Originals note

    The Society of California Pioneers, 300 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA, 94107.

    Related Archival Materials note

    Biographical File - Newspaper Obituary for Isabel West (1976).

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Aitken, Robert Ingersoll, 1878-1849
    Halleck, H.W. (Henry Wager), 1815-1872
    Stidger, Oliver Perry, b. 1873
    Bank Exchange (San Francisco, Calif.)
    California Midwinter International Exposition (1894 : San Francisco, Calif.)
    California Society of Etchers
    California, Northern-History-19th century.
    Panama-Pacific International Exposition (1915 : San Francisco, Calif.)
    San Francisco (Calif.)
    San Francisco (Calif.)--Social life and customs
    San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)--History
    San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, Calif., 1906
    San Francisco. Montgomery Block.